How to tell the NSA to go &*$! itself

Want to get the spooks off your tail? You'll have to ditch your digital footprint and start over. Here's a quick primer on how to do it.

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Sack your search engine. Google and Microsoft receive thousands of requests each year from law enforcement (and its Big Brothers in Langley) for the stored data of its users, some of which no doubt include search histories. Anonymous search engines like DuckDuckGo or Ixquick don’t store histories, leaving the spooks nothing to pore over.

Scrap Skype. Think you can have a cozy convo over Skype without the feds listening in? Think again. Unless it’s encrypted, voice over IP connections are not much harder to bug than most landline phones. The solution is an encrypted voice/video chat app like Jitsi or Mumble.

Will it be easy? No it will not. In fact, doing even half of this stuff will prove pretty painful to most of us who are used to trading in our privacy for convenience. But it will give you a fighting chance against the shadow forces of spydom, the Men and Women in Black with unlimited budgets and insatiable appetites for data.

Unless, of course, just reading this post has already made you a marked man or woman. Then I’m afraid no one can help you.

Got a question about social media or privacy? TY4NS blogger Dan Tynan may have the answer (and if not, he’ll make something up). Follow him on Twitter: @tynanwrites. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-to’s, follow ITworld on Twitter and Facebook.

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